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Adventures in Mashonaland


Adventures in Mashonaland

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    Rose Blennerhassett
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II Leave Kimberley—Hear of Bishop Knight Bruce—Offer to go to Mashonaland—Tickets to England—Miss the train—A day outside Kimberley—Bishop's telegram— Off to Cape Town—Meet Bishop—Settle to join Mission — Leave the textit{Roslyn Castle—Mr. Maund —Decide to go textit{viA Pungwe — Plans changed — Stop at Durban—Canon Booth—Indian Mission— Bishop off to Maritzburg—Lodging hunting—Durban and its inhabitants—Visit to house of Jamieson—Mosquitoes—Kaff1r huts—Indian service—Bishop returns —Leaves for Beira without us—" Major " Johnson— Dr. Doyle Glanville—Off at last—Fellow-passengers— Inhambane—The Queen's health —Beira—Fighting up country—Battle of Chua—H.M.S. textit{Magicienne— Johnson again — Captain Ewing to the rescue— Ofi to Mozambique—Mr. Grant's natives—Quilimane— Curios—Beira again. In the spring of 1891, therefore, Sister Lucy Sleeman and I were getting ready for our homeward journey, and expecting to be back in England in a few weeks. At that time the Chartered Company's expedition to Mashonaland was in everyone's mouth. Aconcession had been obtained from Lobcn- gula, the great Matabele chief, and pioneers and police were in the heart of the country. Wonderful reports came from Mashona- land to the colony. We heard of grass ten feet high, of trees sixty feet in circumference, of mysterious ruins. The whole country was said to be one vast gold-reef. But the way from Cape Town to Mashonaland was long and perilous. Swamps, which exhaled poisonous vapours, had to be traversed. Swollen rivers, swarming with crocodiles, had to be crossed. Boats and canoes were not to be procured, the men were forced to swim across. Oxen fell sick, and died by the score on the long trek. Fever ravaged the pioneers. Under these circumstances the Company were endeavouring to make a...   show more
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